Top Climate Change Articles of the Week

Here we go again, our third edition. If you’re interested in the climate but don’t have time to sift through the internet, then tune into this blog each week and we will give you an easy to digest rundown of our favourite reads from the week. Enjoy!

Why Science Demands a Leap into the Unknown’

This TED Talk by Uri Alon urges scientists to stop viewing their research as a direct line from question to answer, but as something more creative. We agree with this approach at the Crowther Lab. With so many researchers in one lab, tensions could run high with the pressure to finish their research. Luckily, the ethos of our group is calm and collaborative and everyone supports the other enjoy the journey of their research. Find some Top Tips from Tom on how to write a paper which could help with those research blues.


‘Climate change is likely killing ancient baobab trees’

The iconic baobab trees found in Africa can typically live up to 2000 years. However, they are beginning to die out in mysterious circumstances. While further research is needed to confirm that climate change is playing a part, it is widely thought that the deaths are at least in part associated with the changing climate. Find out more here.


‘How can climate policy stay on top of a growing mountain of data?’

With so much uncertainty surrounding climate change facts (not helped by the fact that some of the world’s leaders deliberately  continually obscure information), it’s often difficult to know what to believe. In this time of uncertainty the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are more important than ever. It is their job to make sense of all of the findings. Thanks IPCC.


‘Six Takeaways from Zurich Insurance’s Position on Climate Change.’

Now, when I see takeaway I usually think PIZZA 🤗🍕! But this is a far more important takeaway (believe it or not.) Global Insurance company Zurich have published their position on climate change. This is particukarly important as insurance companies employ models to assess potential impacts from climate change. See what you think about their takeaways here.

‘Choosing the Future of Antarctica’


In this paper, we are presented with two scenarios from the perspective of an observer looking back from 2070. In scenario 1, greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked and the climate warms significantly. Scenario 2 shows that the rate of climate change could be reduced if action were taken to limit greenhouse gases. Pretty interesting hey. Which scenario would you choose?


Thank you for reading!